After another outstanding display from Manchester City, Vincent Ralph asks if the Blues are set for a sustained period of domestic dominance.
They could not do it again. Whatever had happened previously at the Etihad this season, Manchester City were not going to batter Arsenal as they had so many other sides in recent weeks.
The Gunners were too good for that. I did not say they would not lose. But I knew it would be close.
But in the end, I knew nothing. Because Manuel Pellegrini’s men do not appear to care who they are facing; they play the same attack-minded football full of confidence, directness and midfield-combativeness that is swiftly rendering any visit to the blue side of Manchester a wasted one – if you are planning on winning a point or three that is.
Yes naysayers can beat them with the away-form stick, but something tells me that will soon be a pointless exercise. City have been building an impressive side for quite some time, but it is now a terrifying one.
And that is extremely bad news for the current champions, because where City have Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, David Silva, James Milner and Jesus Navas to name a few, United’s only midfielder of note is Michael Carrick, and their only winger who appears to know what that means is 18.
Up front, United have a striker whose contract is teetering perilously close to its end, another who carried them last season only to be regularly carried off this time round, and Javier Hernandez – a man they can seemingly do without because they have Danny Welbeck!
And while United’s defence is either too old or too young, City have Vincent Kompany. I do not go in for slang in my articles but just this once – Nuff said.
While United’s players have in too many cases been been ageing or failing to live up to expectations, City have been slowly building what now resembles a machine. And it works, very well at home and if last week’s match in Munich is any indication, it is starting to travel just as well.
Today’s 6-3 victory over Arsenal is just one match. But then so is the 6-0 win against Spurs, the 7-0 triumph over Norwich, the 4-1 beating of United and the 3-2 victory in the backyard of the European champions.
The way Pellegrini has this City side playing, and with the players available to him, the sky really is the limit…
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